More than half the women who were murderedworldwide last year were killed by their partners orfamily members, making home "the most dangerousplace for a woman," a new UN study said.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime(UNODC) calculated that of a total 87,000 femalehomicide cases worldwide in 2017, some 50,000 -- or 58% -- were committed by the victims' intimatepartners or family members.
"This amounts to some six women being killed every hour by people they know," the Vienna-based body said.
"The vast majority -- about 80% -- of homicide victims worldwide were men, but womencontinue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination andnegative stereotypes," said UNODC chief Yury Fedotov.
"They are also the most likely to be killed by intimate partners and family... making the homethe most dangerous place for a woman," he said.
The study also called for greater coordination between police and the justice system as well ashealth and social services.
And the UNODC said it was also important to involve men in the solutions, including throughearly education.